The study conducted by Harvard University “tracked a group of 20,000 women for 13 years and concluded that women who drank two glasses of wine a day were less likely to be obese. Other studies have confirmed that red wine can help the body burn fat.”It’s interesting to note that these women’s risk of becoming obese was lowered by about 70 percent, especially when you take into consideration the countless studies that have published saying the opposite.
In a more recent study by Oregon State’s College of Agricultural Studies, it was also found that ellagic acid (which helps your body burn fat) is to blame for your shrinking waistline.
Researchers went on to say that “ellagic acid retards the growth of fat cells, and slows down the formation of new ones. It also boosts the metabolism of fatty acids in the liver […] Burning more fat in the liver improves liver function in overweight people.”
I have joined a gym several times in my life. Each time I joined one, I’ve gone, maybe, five or six times, then totally just given up. Even right now I have a gym membership that I’ve had for month, which expires on Thursday, and I’ve gone once. I’ll repeat that louder for you: ONCE. Talk about a waste of money.
Whenever I meet someone who’s a gym rat, I recoil in fear. Who is this person? Why are they like that? What is there to love about working out and sweating? These are the type of people I’m utterly confused by, because when my workday is over all I want is pizza, Netflix, and some red wine. I wish I could be someone who goes to the gym and loves it, but I’m not, so I’ve learned to accept that. I’d feel guilty, but guilt just isn’t in my make-up, nor is regret, so I’m lucky that way.
An earth-shattering study has proved that people like me, the ones who would rather not go to the gym, can actually make up for it by drinking a glass of wine instead. According to researchers at the University of Alberta, “The magic ingredient in red wine is resveratrol which is also found in nuts and grapes. This complex boosts the function of the heart, muscles and bones as much as a trip to the gym does.” What the wha — ? Is this some sort of joke, or did life get way more awesome all of sudden? Sounds like it’s the latter.
Happy Hour Does Your Body Good…
The evidence is impressive. Researchers kept tabs on nearly 20,000 normal-weight women for 13 years. Over time, the women who drank a glass or two of red wine a day were 30 percent less likely to be overweight than the nondrinkers (they tracked women who drank liquor and beer too, but the link was strongest for red wine). That’s not surprising, since vino has other benefits. “It’s rich in antioxidants that reduce cholesterol and blood pressure,” says Jana Klauer, a New York City physician specializing in nutrition and metabolism.
One reason wine may contribute to a healthy weight is that digesting booze triggers your body to torch calories. “Women make smaller amounts of the
enzyme that metabolizes alcohol than men do, so to digest a drink, they have to keep producing it, which requires the body to burn energy,” says Dr. Klauer. That means you’re likely to see more of a benefit than your guy since his body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest a glass of the grape.
Alcohol also may burn calories due to a process called thermogenesis, says Lu Wang, MD, PhD, the lead study author and member of the division of preventive medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Alcohol raises your body temperature (one reason some people get red cheeks when drinking), causing the body to burn calories to create heat.
…But That’s Not All
The study also showed that women who drank moderately ate less. While researchers can’t say why, it’s possible that they were more likely to slow down and savor their food and drink.
If you combine all these factors, drinking wine could lead to taking in fewer calories while your body is burning energy, meaning you’re less likely to gain weight, says Dr. Wang. Awesome, but you don’t want to replace food with wine—you’ll miss out on key nutrients and wind up schnockered. And keep in mind that wine has calories: about 125 for 5 ounces. “That’s why drinking isn’t a weight-loss strategy on its own,” says Dr. Klauer. Overdoing it is linked to health risks you don’t want to take, like breast cancer. “But having a glass,” says Dr. Klauer, “along with a healthy diet and exercise, seems to be a marker for a healthier lifestyle.” Hey, we’ll salud to that.
But before you hit the bottom of the bottle, remember that moderation is probably your safest bet.. Happy buzz!
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